Due to further expansion of our nurseries we’ve got opportunities for Apprentice and qualified Nursery positions across our soon to be 8 locations – including Llantrisant, Tonyrefail, Pontypridd, Rhydyfelin, Penywaun, Aberaman, Newport & Barry.
We are hosting an Open Recruitment Evening at our Llantrisant nursery on Tuesday 23rd May from 6pm-8pm. Come along to find out about roles, have an informal chat or a face to face interview for one of our roles, in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
We’ll have refreshments available and you can have a chat to other members of our team.
You can pre-book a face to face interview with us and be entered in our free prize draw for anyone attending a pre-booked interview. You can book your time for an informal interview here. If you don’t want to pre-book then walk-in attendance is also welcome!
We are delighted to share the proud news that Little Inspirations Day Nursery has been named as the Nursery Group winner for 2021 in The National NMT Nursery Awards that took place in London last weekend and we are over the moon!
Little Inspirations Day Nursery which is based in Llantrisant, has 6 nurseries located across RCT, Barry and Newport and won the award for the best group of nurseries under 10 sites across the UK. This is a fantastic achievement from the childcare industry’s leading awards in the UK. The National NMT Nursery Awards has celebrated and recognised the achievements of the nursery sector for nearly 20 years, and champions the sector and its workers continuously, their awards are just one of the ways that they achieve this.
This latest achievement adds to our 2021 successes, as earlier in the year we were named as a St David Award winner by First Minister, Mark Drakeford for our response to the Covid-19 pandemic and our continuous provision of childcare particularly for Key-Worker families.
Managing Director, Jenine Gill who attended the awards in London on behalf of the company commented “This is a really proud moment for me personally but more importantly proud of the contribution from our 100 staff across all our nurseries who have made this possible. This has been an incredibly challenging period for everyone and as we continue to work safely to minimise the risks posed by the coronavirus, the childcare industry as a whole should be proud of the contribution it has made, but this award means a great deal, to be recognised within our sector across the UK.”
“As we welcome new babies and toddlers into our nurseries for the first time, we are seeing the impact on these young families caused by extended periods of restrictions, with some of the children not being apart from their parents since they were born. The role that nurseries play with our nursery practitioners is key to support babies and toddlers with their early development needs and their interaction with other children ahead of going to school is key. This award is for each member of our team, I wish they could all be here to accept it with me, but I accept this one their behalf.”
With continued growth planned and a new nursery due to open in Pontypridd in Spring 2022, Little Inspirations plan to make a positive difference to support even more families across south Wales in the years’ ahead!
Rain won’t stop play in Llantrisant
The outside play area in our Llantrisant setting has been transformed following funding received from the Rhondda Cynon Taff Childcare Offer Small Capital Grant Scheme. As a result, our Llantrisant garden is now the biggest outside space of any nursery within the local area.
With 2 outside classrooms, soft flooring and multiple covered areas, our children can maximise their outside development opportunities, with a garden that is accessible to them, whatever the Welsh Weather. From rain downpours to strong UV levels, children are shielded by the shaded areas, allowing the continuation of outdoor educational learning. Additionally, to protect the children’s resources we have purchased additional storage to provide a longer usable life for all resources.
The RCT Small Capital Grants Scheme supports childcare settings to deliver the Childcare Offer, providing funding opportunities for the completion of essential capital works or purchase of capital equipment which will enable childminders/childcare settings to improve their facilities and increase the number of Childcare Offer places that they can provide.
Due to this project, we are now able to support more children who receive the additional Childcare Offer during term time and holiday periods. It has also helped us to cover COVID health and safety guidelines, with children playing in their secure bubbles in a fun and stimulating outdoor environment.
Sarah Brill, Nursery Manager commented “The transformation of our large garden area over the last 12 months is amazing, first of all with large artificial garden now making outdoor activities possible whatever the weather, and now with the additional outdoor classroom our children get to undertake so many of their activities outside and benefit from our wonderful natural surroundings. We are grateful to the ongoing support from the RCT Childcare Team.
Little Inspirations is delighted to share the wonderful news that we have been nominated and announced as a finalist in the St David Award 2021 in the Business category.
The National Awards of Wales are nominated by the public and recognise and celebrate the exceptional achievements of people in Wales.
We are delighted for our staff to receive this recognition who have stepped up and delivered in response to Covid-19, to support families in South Wales with their childcare needs. In March 2020 when the first lockdown was announced, Little Inspirations was one of only around 10% of childcare services that stayed open during the first coronavirus lockdown, and provided care for 144 keyworker families throughout our 6 locations.
During this very stressful period we provided activity packs for those children who stayed home with their parents and a book donation scheme was introduced and provided around 200 book bundles so that children had access to reading resources.
During this challenging time director Jenine, worked as a nursery nurse to cover employee absence and to help ensure the sites stayed open. Jenine also proactively shared information and support to other childcare services who were nervous about reopening.
As a company we worked alongside 7 local authorities to provide Emergency Childcare for Keyworker and Vulnerable families, we were so proud of our nursery teams who provided a sense of normality and consistency for these families, and we are grateful for this commitment to be recognised with this nomination for such a prestigious award.
Managing Director Jenine commented “We are absolutely over the moon to receive this news and it has provided our staff with such a boost during this difficult time. Their commitment and dedication in providing first class childcare even through the most challenging of times makes me so proud.”
Due to the ongoing pandemic restrictions a virtual awards ceremony will be held on the 24th March and the winners will be announced by the First Minister, Mark Drakeford. For the full details of the 2021 nominations.
Jenine concluded “Thanks to our staff and families for your trust and support over this last year, this nomination is for each one of you, you are all true inspirations!”
In the autumn of 2020 we were delighted to be able to carry out a major upgrade to our nursery garden in Llantrisant.
If you are looking for a nursery in Llantrisant which in conveniently located opposite the Royal Glamorgan Hospital and next to The Royal Mint then we know your child will have lots of fun in our large nursery garden, complete with all weather artificial grass and outside classroom.
Parents that visit the nursery for the first time are just amazed at the outside space available and it is such an attraction especially now that our garden has had a face lift and is accessible throughout the year with all weather surfacing, outdoor classrooms and mud kitchens.
We are so happy with this upgrade and if you are looking for a nursery with fantastic garden facilities then get in contact to arrange a viewing. Call 01443 222660 or email [email protected]
We can’t believe that it is nearly two years since we took over our nursery in Newport and we thought we’d share some latest photographs of this lovely nursery that has a dedicated baby section and a pre-school area. Little Inspirations Newport in conveniently located close to Bassaleg with convenient access to the M4 junction 28.
We are registered to accept the Childcare Offer for Wales in Newport and this funding supports working parents of 3-4 year olds with the cost of their childcare.
We hope you enjoy taking a look around our nursery here but for a closer look please give us a call on 01633 666418 or take a look at their dedicated Facebook page
For all your childcare needs in Newport our nursery is open 51 weeks a year and we are open from 7am-6pm Monday-Friday.
Our nursery staff in Penywaun went back to school last week supporting festive fayres in Hirwaun and Cwmaman.
Hosting a fun craft table for the children and parents to enjoy, our staff had opportunity to speak to parents about our school collection service and wraparound care to support parents in the Aberdare and Hirwaun area. They also provided lots of information and guidance on accessing funding support through the Childcare Offer for Wales which is available to support with childcare costs for 3-4 year old children.
More information on the Childcare Offer for parents living or working in RCT area can be found here
We have available childcare spaces and wraparound sessions at our nursery in Penywaun, located near Aberdare and Hirwaun. For more information or to arrange a visit give us a call on 01685 812151.
Our Four Seasons Nursery in Tonyrefail, RCT has started offering regular Stay and Play sessions within the nursery and these are proving really popular with new parents in the area.
Stay and Play is an opportunity for babies and young toddlers to enjoy a short session, (usually 90 minutes) within the nursery, joining in fun activities, crafts, song time and snacks with parents/guardians staying for the session to also share in the fun and meet our staff and other local parents.
These brief sessions are a great way for children new to the nursery environment to get comfortable with their new surroundings encourage interaction and play with other children and also a great way for parents to see our nursery and staff in action.
There are many childcare decisions and options for parents in Tonyrefail to make and it is important to make the right decision. These sessions are informal and fun but a great way to ask questions and find out information from our staff and other local parents.
All future sessions are advertised on our Facebook page and parents are encouraged to confirm their attendance in advance. Sessions are usually free or very low cost.
Here are just a few photos of our December session, more can be found on our Facebook page
Come and join in the fun at future events at our Tonyrefail nursery in RCT.
We are delighted to announce that Little Inspiration Day Nursery has been chosen as one of the five finalists in the NMT Nursery Awards 2018 in the Business Development category.
About the Awards
NMT Nursery Awards 2018 is an annual event organised by Nursery Management Today, the leading business publication in the nursery sector and sponsored by key companies providing services in the sector. The Awards are designed to reward excellence in childcare and celebrate the very best people in the Nursery Sector. . All finalists will meet with three independent judges for each category on 19th October at the Awards’ Judging Day at the Hilton London Metropole.
Little Inspirations is delighted to be chosen as a finalist to recognise the significant growth of the company over the last 12 months in particular. Little Inspirations has been recognised as an excellent provider of childcare with nurseries in South Wales for 15 years, but 2018 will have seen the company add four additional settings in South Wales to their group, making a total of 8 nurseries which provides a significant financial contribution to the South Wales economy by enabling parents to return to work after maternity/paternity leave and now employing over 100 people across all of their sites.
With new sites in Newport and Penywaun already opened in 2018, Little Inspirations are just weeks away from opening two sites in Tonyrefail which is located just five miles away from their Head Office in Llantrisant. Due to the growing demands of the community in Tonyrefail, the company is delighted to have partnered with Tonyrefail Community School and will have a brand new location on the school site which in addition to providing additional day nursery places will provide much needed Wraparound care and Holiday Scheme.
Managing Director, Jenine Gill commented “We are thrilled to have been recognised as a finalist by the NMT Nursery Awards, which is open to all childcare providers across the UK. I’m am so proud of all our staff who work so hard for us on a daily basis and our development is only possible because of the great job they do consistently in such a trusted and demanding industry. 2018 marks 15 years of business for Little Inspirations and it would be fantastic if we could win this award to mark another milestone in our existence, I can’t wait to find out on the 1st December in London!”
Fingers crossed for London
Winners of the NMT Nursery Awards 2018 will be presented with their trophies by Welshman Gethin Jones at the high profile Gala Night held on Saturday 1st December at the London Hilton Metropole, attended by over 500 guests.
We’ll keep our fingers crossed until then that Little Inspirations can have their name on the trophy for 2018!
Following a successful pilot scheme in a selection of wards in Rhondda Cynon Taf over the last 12 months, The Childcare Offer for Wales which provides funding support to working parents of 3 and 4 year olds is now available across the whole county of RCT.
Little Inspirations Day Nursery was involved in the Pilot Scheme for the Childcare Offer for Wales and we provided feedback directly to Welsh Government Assembly Members in anticipation of the full roll out. We are delighted that parents across Rhondda Cynon Taf can now access this additional funding support to help them with their childcare costs. Our nurseries based in RCT located in Llantrisant, Rhydyfelin, Penywaun and soon to be Tonyrefail will all be accepting the Childcare Offer for Wales.
To confirm your eligibility for accessing this funding support please click here to access the RCT Council website and eligibility questions.
If you have any questions about using the Childcare Offer towards your childcare costs with us, feel free to give us a call on 01443 222660 and speak to our Finance Team who will be happy to help you with your questions.
What is the Childcare Offer?
The Childcare Offer is 30 hours a week of funded early education and childcare for eligible working parents of three and four-year-olds for up to 48 weeks of the year. It consists of a combination of the existing Foundation Phase Nursery (FPN) provision open to all three and four-year-olds and additional funded childcare for eligible families.
How many hours of childcare am I eligible for?
The offer is a maximum of 30 hours of combined education and childcare. RCT already offers children, from the term following their 3rd birthday, 15 hours of FPN education. This means that during term time, eligible parents can access an additional 15 hours of childcare.
Parents are not required to access their early education entitlement in order to access the childcare element of the offer. However their entitlement will include these hours whether they access them or not.
If your child’s school offers full time FPN, then your term time entitlement through the Childcare Offer will be taken up by the FPN provision. You will still be eligible for 30 hours of childcare for nine weeks of the school holidays.
How many hours of education am I eligible for?
The education element of this offer is subject to normal RCT School Admissions rules. Parents must apply for a FPN education place in a school setting. If there is no school place available, children may be able to access their education place through a Registered Education Provider (REP). Please note we only fund education places in REP’s for children who are 3 between September and March each year and cannot access a school place until the following September.
If you choose not to apply for a school place for your child, you will not be able to access a funded education place in a REP.